Elementary Progressive Discipline Plan
As part of an effective classroom, all teachers have well defined expectations, rules, and procedures that serve to optimize the learning environment in their individual classrooms. Should a conflict or misconduct occur in the classroom or on school grounds, staff will adhere to the following system of increasing consequences.
Minor/Moderate Conflicts and Misconducts
To ensure students demonstrate appropriate behaviors in the classroom; procedures and routines must be frequently modeled and practiced. When mild/moderate conflicts or misconduct arise that jeopardize student safety and/or detract from the learning environment, teachers will document and handle these incidents in accordance with their classroom discipline plan. Incidents considered part of the progressive discipline plan are to be recorded in JMC and must include a description of the infraction and a description of what the teacher did to solve the issue. (Each individual classroom teacher will send their classroom discipline plan home to parents and post on their school website page).
Step 1: Verbal Warning - Redirection to appropriate behaviors and creating solutions are the desired outcome of the verbal warning. This would be done after class or with a quick side conversation with the student; never in front of the entire class. The incident will be entered into JMC Discipline Reporting Data by the teacher as well emailing the parent.
Step 2: Student Conference: Parent/Guardian Phone Call - If the behavior is not corrected, the teacher will conference with the student and inform the student that a phone call to their parent/guardian will be made to help solve the problem. When conferencing with the student, a next step aimed at eliminating the problem behavior should be identified for implementation. Parent/guardian will be called by the teacher and the incident is to be entered into JMC Discipline Reporting Data by the teacher.
Step 3: Teacher Intervention/Consequence - If the behavior is not corrected by step 1 or step 2, the next offense will warrant an intervention/consequence by the teacher. Examples, not exhaustive, of behavioral interventions/consequences are meeting with parent, time out, self-regulation time, time out in another classroom, student behavioral plan, lunch detention. This intervention/consequence will require both student and teacher to discuss desired behaviors and solutions. The parent/guardian will be emailed or called by the teacher and an incident will be entered into JMC Discipline Reporting Data.
Step 4: Administration Intervention - If the behavior is not corrected by step 1,2, or 3 the next offense will warrant a parent(guardian)/student/teacher/counselor/administration meeting set up by the administrator. The outcome of this meeting will be: 1) a specific behavior plan outlining acceptable behaviors necessary for continuing in class and 2) an intervention plan to assist the student in making acceptable behavior choices. Incident will be entered into JMC Discipline Reporting Data by the administration.
Once a student has accumulated three minor/moderate infractions in a three month period, the classroom teacher may send the student to the office with a completed discipline referral form to conference with Mr. McKittrick or Mr. Kittelson.
Note: A teacher may modify her/his individual classroom discipline plan to include additional steps; however, ALL of the intervention steps listed above MUST be included in the plan, particularly as they relate to parent/guardian contact.
Severe Conflicts and Misconducts
Professional judgment by the administration will determine the severity of the incident and the need for more severe and immediate action, including a required parent conference and/or suspension.
Parent/Guardians will be notified that their student is not behaving in an appropriate manner and may be called to pick them up and remove them from school for the remainder of the day.